The number of women getting into engineering in Canada has been on the decline, despite a decade of efforts to encourage more girls to think of technical careers.
- “Modern communications technology — such as video-conferencing and electronic voting — may be a tool for getting more women involved in federal politics,” says former cabinet minister Belinda Stronach. Says one reason women are reluctant to enter federal politics is the sheer amount of time it requires people to be in Ottawa, away from home and family Expand on the success of women in municipal politics. Ms. Stronach is not pessimistic about the future of women in politics, believing that “the tide is turning.”
Prior to election day, women’s representation in municipal politics stood at just 23% Canada-wide. Women’s voices are simply not being heard in City Halls across the country.
Also - lunch and learns, chapter meetings and weekly updates to PEO members.
Student membership program engages students in the work of their governing body and regularly engage students in public affairs OPEA – amendments include no longer requiring residency to apply for a license as per the new Bill 68, the Ontario Open for Business Act
Does one party speak for you? Find a party by following the issues, volunteering, looking at philosophy etc. Take an interest in an issue and act on it. Energy, the environment, infrastructure, education, poverty and health
Dreaming Big - NCWIE Nov.2010
Howard Brown, President, Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN ENGINEERS
TO GET INVOLVED IN PUBLIC LIFE
In the News…
Why More Women Aren’t Becoming Engineers
Jennifer Myers, Globe and Mail
• There is an overall lack of awareness of
what engineers do
• Male-dominated environment
Ms. Lai, a graduate of UBC Engineering
In the News…
High-tech Politics May Lure
Women to Ottawa
Susan Delacourt – Toronto Star, Ottawa Bureau
Belinda Stronach’s Prescription
For Getting Women Into Politics
Jane Taber, Globe and Mail
“Ask a man if he’d like to run and he
asks, ‘When and where do I need to be
and do I need a tie?’
Ask a woman and she’ll say ‘What
about my family, my career, isn’t there
Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP forSt. Paul’s
& formerMinisterof State (PublicHealth)
The Right Honourable
19th Prime Minister of Canada
June – November 1993
The Hon. Anne McLellan served
as Deputy Prime Minister of
Canada in the government of the
Rt. Hon. Paul Martin.
Dec. 2003 – Jan. 2006
The Hon. Sheila Copps served
as Deputy Prime Minister of
Canada in the government of
the Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien.
1993 – 1997
Women in the 40th Canadian Parliament by Province
Newfoundland and Labrador 2 7 28.6%
Nova Scotia 1 11 9.1%
Prince Edward Island 1 4 25.0%
New Brunswick 1 10 10.0%
Quebec 21 75 28.0%
Ontario 21 106 19.8%
Manitoba 6 14 42.8%
Saskatchewan 2 14 14.3%
Alberta 3 28 10.7%
British Columbia 10 36 27.7%
Territories 1 3 33.3%
Totals 69 308 22.4%
Bonnie Crombie, MP - How did she do it?
Bonnie has an MBA, solid business and
entrepreneurial experience, and ran her own
consulting business in Mississauga.
Had commitment to the community as a key
fundraiser for Credit Valley Hospital and the
Brain Injury Association of Canada, as well as
the Vice Chair of the Mayor's Task Force on
the Arts in Mississauga. She is also a long-term
Women thrive inTorontoMunicipal Elections 2010
Toronto – Elected 33% women. With 15 females elected out of 45,
women have gained a strong voice at Toronto City Hall.
Historic gains in women’s representation across the province.
Whoare the nextgreat leaders?
L. to R.: Maud Cohen, ing. (OIQ); Kim Farwell, P.Eng., (APEGGA);
Margaret Li, FEC, P.Eng. (APEGBC Board member); Chantal Guay, ing.,
P.Eng., M.Env.; Diane Freeman, FEC, P.Eng., (PEO); Shawna Argue, FEC,
P.Eng. (APEGS); Catherine Karakatsanis, FEC, P.Eng. (PEO Board member)
Howard Brown engages future engineers at
PEO’s student conference
Bridging Engineersand Government
Created in 2005 to improve government understanding of the role of PEO in
governing the profession of engineering.
Positions PEO on the same side of the table with government to solve public
interest issues related to professional engineering.
Established relationships between the 36 PEO chapters and their local MPPs,
MPs, city councillors and bureaucrats.
Ontario Centre for Engineering and Public Policy (OCEPP) initiated in 2008,
resulted in the creation of the Journal of Policy Engagement.
The GLP has a goal of having 11 engineers in
the 2011 legislature
Four annual Queen’s Park days
Consultation with over 90 MPP meetings in
Presentations to legislative committees
Town hall meetings, campaign colleges,
More Engineers in Parliament
Set up the Ontario Engineering Student
Public Policy Initiative with a goal of having
27 engineers in the 2027 legislature
PEO now has a strong student membership
Ontario Professional Engineers Act with 66
Students can host MPs
Ontario Centre forEngineering and Public Policy
Engineers in Ontario have a hand in:
1. Fair Access Act
2. Green Energy and Economy Act
3. Water Conservation Act
4. Open for Business Act
But not limited to these alone…
- Food Safety
Engineers duty to society
The duty to public welfare above clients or
Engineers duty to employers
Acting as faithful agents or trustees, regarding
client information as confidential and avoiding or
disclosing conflicts of interest.
Engineers duty to clients
Must disclose immediately any direct or indirect
interest that might prejudice (or appear to
prejudice) their professional judgment.
Why do engineers need to get involved?
YOU put the public first
Who do Canadians trust the most?
Nurses (1st of 25) 97 per cent
Doctors (3rd) 94 per cent
Teachers (6th) 89 per cent
Engineers (7th) 88 per cent
Police Officers (8th) 87 per cent
Lawyers (22nd) 48 per cent
Politicians (24th) 30 per cent
Car salesmen (25th of 25) 23 per cent
Provided by Angus Reid, 2009
Six engineers in the House of Commons
Pierre Lemieux, MP
Robert Carrier, MP
Sukh Dhaliwal, MP
Newton-North Delta BC
Thierry St-Cyr, MP
Jeanne-Le Ber, QC
Marc Garneau, MP
Steven Blaney, MP
Four Engineer MPPs/MLAs
Phil McNeely, MPP
Ontario Liberal Party
Norm Sterling, MPP
Party of Ontario
Ralph Sultan, MLA
British Columbia Liberal
Party Hon. Blaine Higgs, MLA
Minister of Finance
Party of New Brunswick
Both are natural leaders in our
Both are problem-solvers
Both understand that every action is
part of a bigger picture
Both put the public good ahead of all
The connection between engineers and politicians:
Carrying the leader torch
You can make a difference
Raise an issue you’re specifically
Chance to get your point of view across
You have a certain expertise that would
You think we need better people in
Why should you get involved in politics?
Howcanwomenget more involved?
Join a political party
Volunteer in your community
Volunteer or donate to a political
Attend local chapter meetings
Run for political office
For more information or to become involved, contact:
Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs
321 Brooke Avenue, Toronto, ON M5M 2L4
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